Old general store-Mary Shipman

Photo Copyright: Mary Shipman

Here we all are for another week. Today we’ve gathered in a virtual small shop. Our hostess of four years this month is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Mary Shipman. Thanks, Mary.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

Genre: Horror Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


On Elm Street in Wickton is a diminutive shop. Printed on a sign over the door is “Mr. Chang’s Oriental Oddity Shop”. To the ordinary person, it’s just that. To his special clients, it’s much more.

A stranger enters and hands him a card.

“Ah, yes. I have just what you need.” Chang reaches under the counter. “It is an ancient powder, guaranteed. Instructions are on the bottle label.”

Next, an old client appears. “You said this would work. It came again, bleeding from the mouth.”

“Ah,” Mr. Chang sighs, “I saw a similar case over two hundred years ago.”




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    • Thanks, Sandra. I’m really pleased you liked the story, my take on the prompt. I read your two stories that won the competitions. I can see why you won. It’s lovely of you to give the good encouragement and include the judge’s explanation as to why these were chosen. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  1. Thanks, Ifeoma. Yes, he let out how ancient he is, but his regular clients probably knew, or at least, suspected something like that. They’re all “different” in various ways. I’m so glad you liked the story, especially the ending. Cheers to you also. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Hugmamma. I’m happy you enjoyed the story so much. I hope you do return to Friday Fictioneers one day. All prayers and good wishes for your daughter’s upcoming wedding. How wonderful. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne


  2. Thanks, Teagan. I’m happy you enjoyed the picture and story so much. Yes, my imagination finally powered up after wondering what on earth I’d write about a store. Huge hugs back to you. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  3. Love it, Suzanne. Well, whatever powder he’s taking, it’s working on him! I love the idea of an Oriental Oddity shop where people come in with issues that need fixing.


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